WHY WE LOVE IT
Digital technology has given designers the ability to craft exuberant patterns that would have been unthinkable 10 years ago. Whether they’re stamped, woven, handpainted or silk-screened, the effect allows you to be your own Mardi Gras.
MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU
Ask yourself how much attention you can handle. Even a short dress (no gowns, please!) will stop traffic. A kaleidoscope shoe or bag may be enough for you—pair either with neutrals to show it off. And restrict what you put with eye-popping tops, skirts and pants: Those garments and accessories must satisfy a “noncompete” clause!
Photos: (left to right) Alexander McQueen; Oscar de la Renta; Versace; Narciso Rodriguez.
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Silk slacks, DKNY, $195; at select Bloomingdale’s stores.
M Missoni Tote
Canvas bag, M Missoni, $395; 212-431-6500.
Twenty8Twelve by S. Miller Tank
Crêpe de chine top, Twenty8Twelve by S. Miller, $210; at Nordstrom.
Rebecca Taylor Wedges
Silk and leather platform sandals, Rebecca Taylor, $385; 212-966-0406.
Silk skirt, Robin, $250; 646-619-6857.
Thread Social Dress
Cotton knit and cotton voile dress, Thread Social, $540; shopbop.com.